- Environmental Compliance
- Environmental Management
- Water Use
- Water Preservation
- Paper Consumption
Community Water Preservation and Engagement
We engage clients and communities in providing clean water and sanitation services, and improving water operations. We donate time, expertise, and funds to organizations and efforts that work to address world water issues. We also provide industry leadership toward collaboration and innovation for sustainability of people, systems, and the planet.
In fact, in March 2016, Singapore’s national water agency, PUB, selected CH2M as one of three recipients for its Watermark Award for our legacy of advocating water sustainability through community outreach activities and partnership on numerous milestone projects. These projects lead the way in the area of water stewardship, encourage the community to take ownership of Singapore’s water resources, and contribute toward its water sustainability.
Helping Clients Help Communities
One of the most important ways that CH2M changes the water landscape is by addressing global water challenges and increasing sustainability through our project work. We help our clients make the best choices for their communities and ecosystems, and the environment overall. Our project work helps water systems operate more efficiently and cost effectively, emphasizing potential water reuse along with innovative energy options. We are an advocate of the one water concept—recognizing that water from all sources should be managed cooperatively to meet social, economic, and environmental needs regardless of its origin. In many parts of the world, and in the United States, there is either too much or too little water. To that end, CH2M is working with clients to address all water challenges.
Engaging Global Communities
CH2M’s water professionals continuously look to protect and enhance resources for future generations. We do this professionally, by offering financial support and expertise to worthy organizations, and personally as our employees donate their own time and money to support access to clean, safe water supplies. Toward these goals, we invest professional expertise, volunteer time, and financial resources in organizations and events, such as Water For People, UN World Water Day, World Water Monitoring Challenge™, World Water Week, Engineers Without Borders USA, and WaterAid. Using frameworks (such as the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate), our client projects, and the participation of our employees in civil society organizations, CH2M contributes to collective efforts aimed at positively affecting global water challenges through policy.
World Water Week and Stockholm Industry Water Award
In August 2015, CH2M was the first engineering company to accept the 2015 Stockholm Industry Water Award (SIWA), for our more than 50 years of leadership in developing state-of-the-art technologies for potable water reuse. Receiving the SIWA, a prestigious and internationally acclaimed award, provided a special opportunity for us to share our story and the incredible work we have been doing with our clients since the 1970s to advance methodologies to clean and reuse water, on a global stage.
The CH2M team accepting the 2015 Stockholm Industry Water Award in Sweden.
The Stockholm International Water Institute presented the Stockholm Water Prize, the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, and the Stockholm Industry Water Award during World Water Week at a royal banquet in the Stockholm City Hall in the presence H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
CH2M was recognized for inventing, implementing, and refining methods for cleaning used water to bring it back to drinking water quality. But, since this water is only valuable if people actually use it, we also put significant and successful effort into building public understanding and acceptance. We pioneered application of social science research to better understand the underlying reasons why people reject the notion of reuse and what might be done to change that mindset. This research, combined with demonstrations, education, and transparency, has dispelled myths around the use of treated wastewater and paved the way for a surge in interest in and acceptance of potable reuse.
Providing Industry Leadership
By disseminating important information for global collaboration and participating in professional and civic organizations, CH2M actively seeks to advance existing knowledge, stimulate ideas, and support a framework for sustainable water management. Our employees participate in hundreds of different professional, civic, and social organizations that address water issues globally and locally; a few examples are provided in the remainder of this section. We serve in industry leadership positions that encourage developing and using innovations in water technologies, raise awareness of water challenges, guide policy development, and positively affect change.
Value of Water Coalition
As one of the founders of the Value of Water Coalition, CH2M has been an active partner in educating the public about the importance of water as an essential and invaluable shared resource, and building the case for investment in water infrastructure and water resources. During 2015, the coalition continued to grow, as many of CH2M’s clients joined the organization from the public and private sector. The primary goal of the coalition is to educate the public and elevate the level of discourse around water quality, availability, reliability, and pricing. The coalition also seeks to convene public, private, and nonprofit leaders to accelerate the pace of thought leadership on water issues, as well as to cultivate new partnerships, collaborations, and champions for the value of water.
The Value of Water Coalition aggregates news and publishes blogs on its Web site, sharing content through various social media outlets: Twitter (@TheValueofWater), YouTube (The Value of Water Coalition), Google+ (The Value of Water Coalition), and SlideShare (Value of Water). Senior CH2M leaders continue to serve on the coalition and its parent organization board, the U.S. Water Alliance.
Global and Local Water Tools
Developed in conjunction with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Global Water Tool (GWT), which launched in 2007 and was updated in March 2015, assists companies in mapping their water use and assessing risks relative to their global operations and supply chains. The GWT has become the internationally accepted tool for companies to account for water use within their operations, calculate water metrics, and identify areas of high water risk through external mapping. This tool has been used by more than 300 companies worldwide to report their water use. A second tool, the Local Water Tool, was developed in conjunction with the Global Environmental Management Institute and released in 2012. It provides guidance on local, site-specific water risks, impacts, and opportunities. CH2M provided supporting nomenclature, data continuity, and software codes to ensure compatibility between the Global and Local Water Tools and the user’s ability to transfer data between the tools.
The free tools continue to be enhanced with new, customized versions, including those for the oil and gas industry and power utilities. Together with the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association and the WBCSD, CH2M is developing the updated sectorial customization for the oil and gas industry. In 2013, we developed a new version of the tool for the cement sector. This tool allows cement companies to assess the risk of operating in water-stressed regions and helps them manage water use more efficiently and sustainably by producing maps and charts that identify water scarcity and biodiversity hotspots. The Global and Local Water Tools facilitate collaboration across sectors, and among stakeholders in a particular watershed. Such collaborations are vital to helping businesses adapt to the changing climate and use resources in the most effective and sustainable ways.
Access Water Blog
CH2M’s Access Water is an ongoing program, launched in late 2009, designed to “provide innovation and insight on all things water all year long.” Access Water is a place to share best practices and exchange ideas within the water industry. CH2M’s water experts, our clients, and members of the public process thoughts, share tools and innovations, and highlight banner projects. Exchanges occur through blogs, videos, a quarterly client newsletter, reader commentary, and social media channels, including our Facebook™ page, Twitter™ account (@CH2M), and LinkedIn™ page. Access Water has successfully increased awareness and generated productive dialogue on a variety of water issues, helped staff with career growth and development opportunities, and created business opportunities for CH2M through our client readership and industry conference promotion.
Access Water has been recognized by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers for its innovation, effectiveness, and creativity in conveying important environmental messages. It has also been recognized for providing future value to the water engineering profession.
Individuals Making Differences
Our staff includes innovative, driven people who really care about making a difference. Whether supporting the strategic pillars of STEM education, environmental stewardship, or personal community interests, CH2M employees make a difference, not only for the projects they contribute to daily while in the office, but also for organizations where they donate their time, talent, and resources.
2015 was a big year for our water business, as we celebrated several industry recognitions for our leadership in addressing the critical and intertwined challenges that face everyone who influences or is influenced by the water cycle. Our Chairman and CEO Jacque Hinman was named to Global Water Intelligence’s Top 20 Women in Water list. And Dr. Glen Daigger, former chief technology officer, was named Water and Wastewater International’s Most Influential Person in Water.
The following highlights showcase a few noteworthy employees who are also exhibiting leadership in the water industry.
Jim Lozier, our global technology leader for desalination, was named the 2016 Water Quality Person of the Year by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and American Membrane Technology Association. Jim is an internationally recognized authority on membrane technologies for potable water treatment, desalination, and water reuse. He is a member of the American Desalting Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, AWWA, and the Arizona Water Environment Association.
Dr. Russell Ford, our global service leader for drinking water infrastructure, is on the WateReuse Research Foundation’s (WRRF’s) Board of Directors, working to advance the science of water reuse, recycling, reclamation, and desalination. Dr. Ford also serves as the AWWA representative to the Standards Council and will serve his second term on the Water Science and Research Division.
Larry Schimmoller, global technology leader for water reuse, is contributing significantly to the water reuse industry. One of his blog posts on using a triple-bottom-line analysis to avoid the costly overtreatment of reclaimed water reflects his work to help the WRRF. He served as principal investigator for the WRRF project, “The Cost of Over-treating Reclaimed Water.” Larry is a member of the WRRF’s Research Advisory Committee and the WateReuse Association’s Potable Reuse Committee.
Leofwin Clark, vice president and sales director, serves as the president of the Water Design-Build Council (WDBC) and formerly served as the organization’s first vice president and treasurer. He shares best practices in design-build to educate owners and promote collaborative delivery in the water and wastewater industry.
CH2M is a charter member of the WDBC, a not-for-profit association established in 2006 to educate best practices in design-build and construction management-at-risk procurement delivery.
Duyen Tran, director of sustainable operations, won the prestigious National Association of Water Companies 2014 Living Water Award, recognizing exemplary private water industry professionals. Duyen, who calls herself “green before green was cool,” puts it this way: “I’m passionate about water and wastewater. I didn’t recognize the importance of clean water until I actually worked in the wastewater field and understood how and what we do helps prevent pollutants from entering our drinking water. So I made it my passion not only to make a difference in my career, but also to help young professionals who want to make wastewater their career choice.” Duyen has been an active member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) since 1990. She’s served in several leadership positions at the WEF, including as WEF House of Delegates Speaker and a member of the WEF Board of Trustees. She is a past speaker of WEF’s House of Delegates. She’s also served as president of the Arkansas Water Environment Association (AWEA) and received AWEA’s Arthur Sidney Bedell Award in 2014. She was named wastewater manager of the year by both AWEA and the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association.
Quirien Muylwyk, business development and technology manager for our Canada region, was named the 2015 recipient of the AWWA Golden Spigot Award for her help developing and distributing technical and educational resources that inform the water community on the latest issues and best practices in the water profession. Quirien has been an active leader in AWWA for years, serving as past chair of the AWWA Distribution System Water Quality Committee and current chair of the Water Quality and Technology Division. Additionally, she is a member of AWWA’s Technical and Education Council and chair of the Conference Planning Committee.
Dr. Glen Daigger, retired senior vice president and chief water technology officer, is a recognized leader in the global water industry. He was named Water and Wastewater International’s 2015 Most Influential Person in Water and most recently selected as the top leader in 2016 Water and Wastewater International’s Top 25 Leaders. Glen served as the International Water Association President, completing his second term in 2014. Now Professor of Engineering Practice in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering, Glen is teaching courses and helping the university advance the practice of water. Although retired from CH2M, he continues to serve as a special advisor on water projects.